Well, the WWDC 2010 keynote has come and gone with a number of rumors still unaddressed. While Steve Jobs unveiled a stunning new iPhone with a plethora of great capabilities, we did not witness the rumored pending announcement of a new Apple TV running iOS 4. Nonetheless, there are a number of reasons to believe a next generation home entertainment device is coming with the intention to dominate the living room. Not only will the next iTV, or whatever it might be named, give the current pathetic lineup of cable company DVRs a taste of Apple innovation, but will also expand Apple's disruption of the gaming industry from mobile devices to the console.
A minor announcement in today's keynote was a change in the name of the iPhoneOS. This makes a lot of sense considering the OS runs on three devices, not just the iPhone. The new OS name is now iOS, with iOS4 being released on June 21 to current iPhone and iPod Touch users. One interesting highlight, the update is now available for free to iPod Touch users for the first time. More information about iOS4 is available on Apple's website.
According to a new uglified graph by NetMartketShare, the iPad has topped both the iPod Touch and all versions of the Android. Keep in mind, there are 20 times more iPod Touches in use than iPads. In addition, the iPad web usage is double the usage of Android 2.1 devices, and is higher than all versions of Android combined.
In other news, AT&T claims the majority of iPad users only need 200MB of data per month.
We've discovered one of the coolest iPhone or iPod accessories in quite sometime. It's called the t'Light, and claims to be "the most talented light." Simply put, it's an LED light (which is advertised to run for over 50,000 hours) with an iPod dock in the base. Stopping there, we already want one, but the designers didn't stop there. The t'Light includes a port for charging your laptop and a USB port for charging another device, including an iPad.
Every year from May to September, Apple offers a back to school promotion which usually equates to a free iPod product with the purchase of almost any of their Mac products. It's back again this year and, like last year, a qualifying Mac purchase will snag you an 8GB iPod Touch (free with rebate). In addition to the free iPod, Apple is offering significant discounts on the Mac as well.
If your iPhone or iPad is set to sync automatically when you plug it into your computer, you likely noticed it always performs a backup before syncing. Sometimes, the backup takes an extremely long time. We have found a solution that fixes most of the backup issues in iTunes.
Video of an amazing app surfaced a few weeks ago: Wi-Fi Sync, which let's you sync your iPhone or iPod Touch without the hassle of plugging it in to your PC or Mac. Not only did we feel this app should be available in the App Store, but it should be part of the next iPhone OS. Apparently the app reviewers at Apple don't agree, because we just got word from the developer, Greg Hughes, today that Apple has rejected Wi-Fi Sync, citing security concerns among other reasons.
One of the most annoying aspects of the iPhone and iPad could be the fact you have to physically plug the device into your computer to sync. As a result, it's something I rarely do on any of my iDevices. Developer Greg Hughes has submitted an app to Apple that allows users to sync wirelessly. According to the developer, the app uses public APIs, which means there shouldn't be a technical reason for the app to be rejected by Apple. If the app is approved, I'll be first in line to buy it. And of course we'll provide more information here as it becomes available.
Check out the short video demonstration below.
iPhone hacker, Comex, has confirmed that his Spirit jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad will be available on Friday. Spirit should provide an untethered jailbreak, meaning users won't have to plug the device in each time they reboot. We will provide more details as they become available.
Because you should always be able to control your old muscle car with your iPod touch. Per the Wired Gadget Lab, car hacker Dave Phipps has modified his restored 1969 Pontiac GTO inside and out with changes that include automatic windows and doors, a wireless network, and voice control via Bluetooth. Phipp’s latest hack is an app running on his iPod touch that controls every subsystem of his car.
To accomplish this, Phipps first installed a Linksys router inside the car to create a wireless network. He then hooked up a RedEyebase station, a unit which typically allows an iPhone or iPod touch to tap into a home theater system. The RedEye is then connected to the car’s various electronic systems, as well as numerous servos and other controllers.